Remember the Ferrari 288 GTO? We mentioned it in a previous post. Well anyway this the holy grail of supercars, some may well even say the 288 GTO lit the fuse that sparked the supercar era as we know it. Perhaps its the big bang of the modern 21st century supercar.
Made between 1984-1987 the 288 GTO was built to compete in Group B racing categories and a minimum of 200 cars were required for homologation, which is a fancy way of saying ‘gaining approval’, in this case motor racing.
Group B racing was abandoned by the FIA in 1986 after the deaths of a rally driver pairing. Group B was almost unrestricted in the amount of horse power teams could use and the deaths sparked the end of this era of racing leaving just the Group A Rally championship.
A total of 272 288 GTO’s were built, all all never raced competitively and as a result they were sold as road cars. The 288 GTO was powered by a 2.8-litre V8 mid-engine, twin-turbo which produced 400bhp and 496Nm of torque, rather tame compared to modern day supercars.
However the 288 GTO can still cover 0-60mph in around 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 189mph, which is still rather tame. But it represents is the first of its kind and the 288 GTO opened the door for the Ferrari F40.
And here, in the video, it is in all its glory being driven really for what it was designed for.